A New Season…

Hello everyone
It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks as we begin a very different season, but one that will introduce you to some fun and interesting types of exhibits.

While COVID-19 still does keep us closed to the public, we are keeping very busy. It is with great pleasure that I introduce your Archival Assistants at the Museum this summer. Mariah and Alex make a great team and I know you will enjoy hearing about their journey this summer.

Thank you, everyone, for your wonderful support and enthusiasm. I know you will continue to encourage our team.


And now …. please welcome …

My name is Alex Guscott and I am an emerging museum professional. I am from North Bay, but have also lived in Guelph, Barrie, and Gravenhurst. I graduated from UofG with a B.A in History and a minor in Political Science. After that, I moved to Barrie to attend Georgian College’s postgraduate Museum and Gallery Studies program which prepared me for the wonderful world of museum work. Currently, I am enrolled in Algonquin College’s online postgraduate Human Resources Management program. My main goal is to work in museums to preserve history for future generations which is why I am pleased to now be working with the Mattawa Museum.

I have now experienced my first week working at the Mattawa Museum. From this first week, I’ve already learned many interesting facts about Mattawa and the surrounding area’s history. I am personally interested in learning more about Dr. Monestime and making connections to current times. My main role will be digitizing 35 years of catalogue cards into Past Perfect, a museum software that helps greatly with collection management. However, I will also be writing blog posts, helping with our new Instagram account, coming up with ideas for exhibits, and cleaning.

My first three days were spent at the museum both exploring the collection and cleaning. While cleaning sounds boring, it is giving me a chance to get a closer look at the many artifacts in the museum collection which I find very interesting as an emerging museum professional. On Thursday and Friday, I worked from home which gave me the chance to organize and prioritize my tasks for the coming weeks. As well, I started making a small (very small) dent in my main project to digitize the museum’s collection.

All in all, I find museum work very interesting and am excited for the coming weeks at the Mattawa Museum despite it being closed due to COVID-19. Look out for other “Week at the Museum” blog posts in the coming weeks!

Hi, my name is Mariah Lejambe and I am from Mattawa. I am a second year Biopharmaceutical Science student at the University of Ottawa and currently working as Archival Assistant at the Mattawa Museum. Some of my hobbies include golfing, skiing and reading. The Mattawa Museum is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, work at the museum has not stopped, we have started this blog to let you know what we’ve been up to. Alex and I have just started our new jobs as Archival Assistants. Our first week at the museum was to familiarize ourselves with the exhibits and start cleaning. This summer I will be doing research and working on the Instagram page for the Museum. I look forward to learning more about the incredible history of our town.

They will be part of amazing projects this summer!

Help us Literally Record History as it Happens!

The Mattawa & Area Historical Society and Mattawa Museum are looking for your help in recording accounts of everyday life during the COVID-19 pandemic for future generations. 

We are looking for the experiences of Mattawa & area residents from a variety of age groups during the length of the pandemic.

Hey kids, if you want a fun way to record some information for your household, you can use the pages in 2020 COVID-19 Time Capsule to record your experience! Scan what you create and send to info@mattawamuseum.ca so that we can share on our website, with your permission.

If you would prefer to use other means to share your story, then (.doc or .pdf), photographs (.jpg), or video recordings (mp3, mp4, wav, or mov) can be emailed to info@mattawamuseum.ca.

Wondering what you should write…

  • How has COVID-19 affected you at work/school/home/other?
  • How have local businesses been impacted?
  • Stories of everyday heroes, i.e. people helping people during self-isolation, essential workers
  • Creative ways birthdays, anniversaries, holidays have been celebrated
  • How do you think our community will be changed when this is over?
  • What positive outcomes have your or your family experienced during the pandemic ?

May is Museum Month 2020

May 18 is International Museum Day 2020

With this year’s theme Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion, International Museum Day 2020 aims at becoming a rallying point to both celebrate the diversity of perspectives that make up the communities and personnel of museums, and champion tools for identifying and overcoming bias in what they display and the stories they tell.

Learn more by visiting International Council of Museums (ICOM).

Join us in sharing the vision!

Well known local artist Clermont Duval has made our vision for the Garden of Strength and Hope come alive. Click the image to see the larger version.

The Mattawa & District Historical Society, our curator, and the community are very grateful to Clermont for his contribution that will inspire many others in creating memorable items for our community garden.

It is now up to the rest of you, show us what you can create!

Help us Build A Garden of Strength and Hope!

Hello everyone

We’re almost at a point where there are no words anymore … words of condolence, of prayer, of sympathies … and yes, even anger when we look at the tragedy in Nova Scotia.  I know as a Community our hearts go out to everyone there as we know what it is like to be a part of a very small, tight-knit community.

So, today was to be the launch day of a Community Project. And as I pondered things, it perhaps seems even more significant that we introduce it.

This is a new exhibit, which we will be creating outside and I’m asking for your help to build…

A Garden of Strength and Hope

This garden will include two of our famous wooden statues.  The statues of Josephine and Joseph are being moved from the former Algonquin Nursing Home (ANH) location to Explorer’s Point.  It will be a garden of reflection, a dedication to our front-line workers and our community as a whole.

So, I need your help, because this will be a rock garden!  And I’d like as many people as possible to participate. 

Be creative
Include the date or #2020 on the rock
What represents Strength and Hope to you?
Is there a particular person you would like to do a memory rock for?
A kindness rock?
These are your dedication rocks, so make them personal!
Include a name if you like

Check out the Garden of Strength and Hope page on this website for tips, tricks, and inspiration.


So, where do we go from here?

Step 1 : Find your rock(s) and unleash your creative skills!

Step 2: In these restricted times, take a picture of your creation and share it with

Sheri Wabie for the Mattawa Neighbourhood Cheer Facebook page

Teri Burton for the Friends of ANH Facebook page 

Step 3: Keep the rocks, stay tuned to this website!

Step 4: When we are ready to come together as a community to dedicate the garden, you will be able to come and add your Rocks of Strength and Hope to our Garden.


If you have any questions or comments, please email curator@mattawamuseum.ca.

You can register your email address on this website to keep up to date and share in other exciting upcoming projects!

Thank you